Our Dream Playground
Our new step-by-step project planner offers the money and know-how to make your playground dreams come true.
Tools and Resources
Get funding, learn the nuts and bolts of building a great place to play, and improve your local playground.
Become a Community Partner
Build a great place to play for your community with the help of your neighbors, friends, KaBOOM! and our Funding Partners.
Save Play in Your Community
Get tips, ideas, and inspiration for making your community more playful.
Playful City USA
Our Playful City USA program recognizes cities and towns that embrace play as a priority.
Our collection of books will inspire you to bring more play to your family, neighborhood, and community at large.
What We Do
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children.
Who We Are
We are peppy, purple-adorned people who passionately promote the power of play!
Partner With Us
Our partners help us to create new playgrounds and to spread the word about the importance of PLAY.
Playful City USA Grants
Cities and towns designated as Playful City USA communities in 2013 are eligible to apply for construction grants and receive priority status for community-build opportunities with KaBOOM! The exclusive $20,000 Let’s Play Construction Grants will be used towards the purchase of playground equipment that will be built suing the community-build model.
Recognized Playful City USA communities are also eligible to apply for Joint Use Agreement Grants of $15,000 and $30,000 for projects relating to opening school playground facilities to the public during non-school hours.
$20,000 Construction Grants
In 2013 the Playful City USA program will award twenty-eight (28) $20,000 Let’s Play Construction grants to cities and non-profit organizations that are in a recognized Playful City USA community. The grants will be awarded to cities using the community build process and used toward the purchase of playground equipment. The community-build process engages citizens and organizations, while relying on volunteers for construction, which significantly lowers the cost of building playgrounds.
These exclusive grants for 2013 recognized Playful City USA community will be available beginning May 20, 2013. The deadline date to submit the application is July 10, 2013.
2012 Construction Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the 2012 Playful City USA Construction Grant recipients:
The $30,000 and $15,000 grants are available to communities within the United States for the creation of joint use agreements for playground facilities. The $15,000 Joint Use Grants will support the opening of at least four playgrounds and are available to cities with populations of less than 100,000 people. The $30,000 Joint Use Grants will support the opening of at least eight playgrounds and are available to cities with populations of 100,000 people or more. Grant recipients must commit to opening the playgrounds within one year of the grant decision.
For more details, download the Joint Use Grants one-pager.
2011 & 2012 Joint Use Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the Playful City USA Joint Use Grant recipients:
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A National Partner of KaBOOM!, Dr Pepper Snapple Group has made a $15 million, three-year commitment to the organization as part of the company’s Let’s Play initiative. Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group designed to get kids active nationwide. Together through Let’s Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. For more information about Let’s Play, visit www.letsplay.com.